Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

So I got the Red/clear Grande from a thrift store about a year ago.  Finally decided to change the fluid on it.  It should have been quick and painless, but I guess today was not my day, lol.

So, here it is uncapped;

Not a pretty site.

Drained the fluid into a jug just in case I need it again.  I then rinsed out the globe to get any residue out from under the wax.  It was really surprising because some of the wax floated out with the water.  This was done on a room temperature lamp, I don't think it's normal for the wax to be liquid at all in these when cold.

Got my bargain find fog juice ready;

Now here is where things got dicey.  I was in major brain-fart mode.  I put all of the fog juice in and then topped off the globe with distilled water.  Umm, whatever happened to slow and easy, and trying to balance the flow?  Well not good results;

Floating wax, cold!!!

Yes my friends, NOT the way to fix a lamp!!!

But it gets worse!

Why does the wax normally sink?  Because the water is lighter, less dense that the wax.  So in my brilliance I go to the next step I had prepared for - using epsom salt to adjust the flow.  Not the thing to do to reduce the weight/density of the water!!!  Oh boy what is wrong with me!!!

So after a break for dinner, and re reading info on OG I pour the new fluid into another jug, pour a gallon of distilled water into the globe and then pour enough new fluid back out of the jug to fill up the globe, and place the stopper and cap back on (not sealed though).

Then place on base and fire her up to see what I have to change to fix it.  

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Wow this thread got derailed quick. Glad you figured out the formula, Keith!
lol, sho nuff


Brad said:
Wow this thread got derailed quick. Glad you figured out the formula, Keith!

Next order in line Keith.......Flo vids please!!!!  Did you finally get it the way you wanted...it was kind of hard to tell by your reply, but I'm thinking you did.........

Not yet.  I want to get the SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) for the surfactant to avoid clouding before I continue.  I don't have the density exact so the wax rarely goes to the top, and it's a little cloudy right now, but the actual flow I really like!

Carol Morrow said:

Next order in line Keith.......Flo vids please!!!!  Did you finally get it the way you wanted...it was kind of hard to tell by your reply, but I'm thinking you did.........

OK, I guess I'll have to wait!!!

No - not an MT employee. Just a huge fan of a product that has not failed me once.  When I like an item.  I praise it to no end.  There are a lot of folks who have no idea the kits exist.  It's always good to remind those that don't know that there is a product that's so fricken easy to use just in case they want to create their own lamp or fix an existing lamp.  I just finished kitting a Grande lamp last night - my custom color- Vampire Red Dripping Blood . So oozing bloody deep red it gave me goose bumps around midnight. Time to buy more Grande vessel and goo kits.  I have a million colors I want to create and I have no more goo kits or empty vessels. 

J, check out my pics and my latest vid!!! I've done some decent kits!! I love them also!!!

J you are welcome to post a photo here 

J said:

No - not an MT employee. Just a huge fan of a product that has not failed me once.  When I like an item.  I praise it to no end.  There are a lot of folks who have no idea the kits exist.  It's always good to remind those that don't know that there is a product that's so fricken easy to use just in case they want to create their own lamp or fix an existing lamp.  I just finished kitting a Grande lamp last night - my custom color- Vampire Red Dripping Blood . So oozing bloody deep red it gave me goose bumps around midnight. Time to buy more Grande vessel and goo kits.  I have a million colors I want to create and I have no more goo kits or empty vessels. 

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